Whether you’re moving across the country with your cars to a new house or transporting an antique vehicle to a show, transporting a car can be a terrifying journey. The last thing anyone wants is for their car to get damaged or lost during transport, but few people know what they need to do when it comes to actually moving their automobile. You’re in luck, however, as this guide will help you learn everything you need to know.
From the insurance side of things to the little tips and tricks you need to keep in mind when preparing your car for transportation, this article will cover everything you need. Read on and make sure that you follow every point to keep your vehicle – and your peace of mind – intact the next time you take it for a trip.
Insuring Your Car
The first thing you must keep in mind is insurance. The last thing you want to happen is for you to be caught out without the right cover if the worst is to happen to your car. This is why you can get temporary car insurance, a coverage plan that lasts only a short amount of time between contracts or over small periods of time. This is a great option if you are planning to move cross country or further and need to switch insurance providers, as well as if you want to ensure your car is fully protected whilst in transit.
Many insurance providers can also provide coverage for damage or loss whilst in transit, though it is important to check whether or not your insurance company supplies this. If they don’t, temporary insurance is important, but if it does you also need to find out the price that can be covered. It is entirely possible that your car is worth too much to be fully insured. Make sure to check every option and be sure that your car is safely insured before preparing it for transport.
Method Of Transport
There are two methods to transport your car, that being on an open trailer or in an enclosed trailer. Picking the right method for your car is very important. Transportation with an open trailer is most often cheaper than the alternative method, but has some disadvantages that counteract the cheap price. As the trailer is open-topped, it is free to the elements. This means that it will be affected by any weather conditions and flying debris that can affect the paint job of your vehicle. The cars are also tied down to the truck bed with chains, which can lead to two potential problems. On one hand, it could lead to your car being taken unexpectedly from the back of the transport truck by a persistent or prepared thief. The other issue is that it is possible for the chains to cause a lot of strain and stress to the axles of the car if they are bound too tightly, but if not bound tightly enough can lead to your car bouncing back and forth between the cars surrounding it.
An enclosed trailer will set you back a lot more, but if you are transferring an expensive or antique car, this is likely the better solution for you. An enclosed trailer keeps your car sequestered away from the weather and very secure and out of the public eye, meaning it won’t be a target for thieves and will still be safe and secure if someone does attempt to get to it. Many enclosed trailers also use nylon straps or wheel nets to hold your vehicle in place, ensuring that your car will not be damaged on route.
Preparing Your Vehicle
So, you’ve chosen your vehicle transport method and made sure that your car is fully insured. What’s next? It’s time to prepare your car for the truck. There are a large amount of things that you can and should do to ensure the safety of your vehicle whilst in transit, as well as some areas that will help you save money and keep an eye out for damages. Firstly, most people recommend spending some time emptying the tank before loading it into the truck. This causes the car to weigh less, which can save you money if the company charges by weight. However, the car being lighter also means that it will move around less in transit, meaning that you lower the risk of the vehicle colliding with anything else whilst being moved.
Many people suggest you should wash your car before you load it into transport. This is because, if your car is clean, it is much easier to spot any potential scratches on the other side. It’s also important to take some pictures of your car pre-transport, so that if there is any damage en route you can claim it back. No one wants to see their car damaged, but having peace of mind that you can claim the repairs back will make the transport journey a lot less stressful. To avoid any interior damage, it’s also a good idea to clean the inside and remove everything you can from the inside of the car so that there is nothing loose running around. This will ensure that nothing can fly around if there is any sudden stoppage, making sure that no damage is caused to the interior.
Finally, remember to do the essentials when it comes to moving your car. Turn off the alarm first of all. Any vehicle transport truck will keep an eye on your car, meaning your car alarm going off will not be necessary and could prove irritating to the truck driver. You should make sure that you remove any custom accessories from the vehicle, such as spoilers, antennae and more. This will ensure that the car fits properly on the truck and won’t be crammed into spaces where the accessories could be damaged. And finally, you should lock all of the doors and make sure that the trunk is secure. Your car’s safety is the most important part of the transportation, so you should make sure that nothing is going to compromise this.
Transporting your car can seem stressful and difficult, but this guide should help you figure out the essentials and safely move your car to its new location whilst keeping your vehicle safe and sound. Remember to read reviews and validate the quality of the company that you choose to be sure you have the best option, and enjoy the new location you and your car will end up in.